Reflection: Student Ownership Decoding the Periodic Table - Section 1: Background


It may seem odd that using more direct instruction can lead to more student ownership in the classroom.  However, in this case, by being transparent to my students that they requested more direct instruction and that I am adapting to their stated needs, it did exactly that.

Many of my students felt lost in the guided inquiry of our Atomic Structure unit.  Many need the structure provided in the Direct Instruction "I do, We do, You do" model.  While I am hesitant to return to it, my class is driven by student needs.  So from this point forward I will be attempting to balance inquiry activities with direct instruction, and building more structure into the guided inquiry-based instruction.

In our chemistry professional learning community, another of the teachers has been stressing to the class how their activities "are your notes" and this will be another tactic I use in class going forward.  Many students had viewed our activities as something to complete, rather than to learn from, and shifting that mindset will take some time.

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Decoding the Periodic Table

Unit 2: Periodic Trends and Bonding
Lesson 2 of 13

Objective: SWBAT use the information present in a cell of the periodic table to determine the structure of the element's atoms.

Big Idea: Prior knowledge about atomic structure is connected to the layout of the periodic table.

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Science, Chemistry, Bohr Model, electrons (Bonding), periodic table, bonding
  50 minutes
iodine cell
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